Principal Clinical Psychologist

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust
£56,164 to £65,262 a year per annum
Closing date
2 Oct 2022

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Band 8B
Contract Type
Full Time
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Applications are invited from suitably qualified psychologists with the experience, skills and competencies to undertake the duties and responsibilities of the above post. The post will be based at Royal Blackburn Hospital and will provide consultation to staff, and assessment and brief interventions to service users in contact the specialist teams within the Urgent Care Pathway, primarily the Mental Health Liaison team and the Frequent Attenders team. The role will also encompass service development, training and supervision of other professionals.

The Urgent Care Pathway provides services to people with complex mental health needs who may be struggling to engage with other parts of the care system. The post holder will work alongside other professionals in these teams to support proactive care management. Strong professional leadership sits alongside practitioners being core members of the MDT.

Psychological therapies and psychologically informed care are valued within the teams and network and this newly established post offers the opportunity for the successful candidate to develop this role.

An interest in working with individuals with complex presentations will be essential as are skills in consultation and working within a multidisciplinary framework.

Main duties of the job

The post holder will work with the professional lead for adult community psychology in the Pennine Lancashire region and play a key role in leading on clinical governance projects, service design and supervision of other psychological therapists within the area.

To be responsible for ensuring the systematic provision of a high quality specialist clinical psychology service to clients within a designated area of responsibility.

To supervise and support psychological assessment and therapy provided by other psychologists and other clinical members of the team who provide psychologically based care and treatment.

To work autonomously within professional guidelines and exercise responsibility for the systematic governance of psychological practice within the designated area of responsibility.

To utilise research skills, audit, policy and service development and research and implement policy changes within the areas served by the team/service in agreement with the relevant manager.

About us

Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS Foundation Trust provides a range of services including secondary mental health care across this area. Specialist provision comprises inpatient child and adolescent mental health services, perinatal mental health and forensic services including low and medium secure care.

The Trust also provides a range of physical health and well-being services in the community alongside a range of partners in the Lancashire, Cumbria and Sefton area.

Lancashire & South Cumbria Foundation Trust encourages flexible working, we believe that a positive work/life balance benefits NHS employees through improved health and wellbeing. We would consider working patterns such as; term time, part time, compressed hours, flexi-time and career breaks. We encourage applicants to state clearly on their application forms this request and discuss these options at interview.

For more information please visit our website via Lancashire & South Cumbria NHS FT

Job description Job responsibilities

Please see attached the job description and person specification for more information about this role.

Person Specification Qualifications Essential
  • Doctoral level training in clinical psychology or equivalent for those who trained prior to 1996, including specifically models of psychopathology, clinical psychometrics and neuropsychology
  • two or more distinct psychological therapies and lifespan developmental psychology as accredited by the BPS.
Knowledge Essential
  • Skills in the use of complex methods of psychological assessment, intervention and management frequently requiring sustained and intense concentration.
  • Well developed skills in the ability to communicate effectively, orally and in writing, complex, highly technical and/or clinically sensitive information to clients, their families, carers and other professional colleagues both within and outside the NHS.
  • Doctoral level knowledge of research methodology, research design and complex, multivariate data analysis as practiced within the clinical fields of psychology.
Experience Essential
  • Substantial experience of working as a qualified clinical psychologist at senior level.
  • Experience of working with a wide variety of client groups, across the whole life course presenting problems that reflect the full range of clinical severity including maintaining a high degree of professionalism in the face of highly emotive and distressing problems, verbal abuse and the threat of physical abuse.
  • Experience of exercising full clinical responsibility for client's psychological care and treatment both as a professionally qualified care co-ordinator and also within the context of multidisciplinary care plan.

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